Norway’s Aker Solutions has won the front-end engineering and design contract for Nordic Blue Crude’s (NBC) new e-fuel facility at Heroya in Norway.

E-fuels production uses electrical power in the process. The blue crude process will use renewable electricity, water and carbon dioxide as feedstock. The process starts when water vapour is broken down into hydrogen and oxygen.

The e-fuel plant is planned to produce CO2-neutral fuel by using green hydrogen and furnace gas from an existing factory.

Based on the FEED results, NBC aims to sanction the start of the detailed engineering, procurement, construction and installation work within the second half of this year.

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Carbon neutral

The produced crude will be carbon neutral and offer a 100% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to fossil fuels, Aker Solutions claimed.

After the refining steps, the plant can deliver products such as kerosene (jet fuel), diesel, wax and naphtha.

The plant NBC plans to build at Heroya Industrial Park will have "a significant capacity and thus be a key contributor to the energy transition", Aker Solutions said on Thursday.

Aker Solutions will immediately kick off the FEED work that will involve some 50 employees, mainly at its Fornebu headquarters. The study is scheduled for completion by the end of September.

The FEED work will be performed in close co-operation with NBC and with support from two technology providers — Arvos Group for the syngas system and Emerging Fuels Technology for the Fischer-Tropsch system related to production of the e-fuel.

Multiconsult will contribute with front-end design related to civil construction and buildings.

"Aker Solutions has been working with NBC on this concept for more than two years,” said Kenneth Simonsen, interim executive vice president and head of the renewables business in Aker Solutions.

“The FEED contract brings the project a big step forward towards realisation. The project also supports our strategy to grow the company’s business related to renewables and low-carbon oil and gas projects.

"Based on delivery of solid front-end engineering, we aim to be in a good position for future work.”

Aker Solutions’ ambition is to generate one-third of its revenue from renewable energy projects and low-carbon solutions by 2025, and two-thirds by 2030.